On the evening of Friday 14 October, the Cathedral Church of St Anne took part in the annual Leeds Light Night.
The Cathedral’s exterior was floodlit and inside the the lights shone brightly to illuminate one of the city’s architectural gems. Over the course of nearly four hours, beginning at 6.30pm, visitors were able to enjoy the beauty of the Cathedral’s interior and at the same time it came alive with music and song thanks to the talented musicians and choir of the University of Texas at El Paso, who are visiting the Diocese.
Playing music is an expression of ourselves to others, a participation in the creation of something beautiful, and a reflection of the eternal exchange of love that existed before all time. Visitors were invited to spend some time in the Cathedral and join in that playful exchange between musicians and their listeners which, however fleeting, points to the eternal.
The Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Matthew Habron, said afterwards, ‘It is always such a joy to see the Cathedral so full and to witness people’s reactions on visiting it for the first time. I would estimate that at least 2,500 passed through the doors yesterday, but in all likelihood it was higher’. Light Night rounded off a remarkable ten days for the Cathedral as the previous week more than 3,000 people came to venerate the relics of St Bernadette. So, in total, across the two events, the Cathedral welcomed something like 6,000 visitors, many of whom will have been there for the first time.